Here’s Why You Should Leave a Coin in the Freezer Before Leaving the House


If you are planning to go on vacation and leave food in the freezer, this is an article you don’t want to miss. Today we are sharing with you a simple tip that will let you know if it is safe to eat the food you left in the freezer.

Sometimes when we are away from home, the power goes out and we never know it. It may have lasted a few days, causing food to thaw and spoil. When the power comes back on, the food freezes again and we hardly notice that it has been thawed.

As we all know, this can be very dangerous, as some foods have a high risk of spreading salmonella and other harmful bacteria!

One woman has come up with an ingenious trick to allow us to check if our refrigerators are still in perfect working order – with just a cup of water and a penny! With an experiment like this, you’ll never have to worry about having spoiled vegetables or fruit in your fridge again.

Sheila Pulanco Russell demonstrates a fridge cup experiment with simple tap water.

You’ll be able to tell if food has spoiled by being thawed too long.

  • For this you need 3 simple things:
    A cup

In a Facebook post which quickly received hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares, Sheila explains how to proceed. She writes:

“For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.

If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.

If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe. Please SHARE this on your page. 😀”

Brilliant trick, easy to use. Especially useful when you go on a long trip!

In any case, if you’re not sure whether food is safe, throw it out. The most important thing in life is, and will always be, your health.

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